"Pilgrimage to Bethlehem" at Emmanuel Baptist - More than a Christmas pageant or a living nativity scene, Pilgrimage is a full-scale re-creation of 1st century Bethlehem. Hundreds of volunteers bring the city to life. Consider visiting during any of these ongoing performances –
My first visit to St James was a great experience. I was looking for a church home to continue my faith journey in that I could feel peace,love,and acceptance. As a first time visitor I felt welcomed from my first steps into the church. I had been to churches where NO ONE said anything to me. The vibrant group of believers at St. James went out of their way to welcome, greet, meet, and made me feel welcomed. Since that first Sunday I have become part of the church growth and development here at St. James proclaiming Christ, him crucified, and raised from the dead, until the day of his coming. I have found a church home here at St. James in Alexandria.
- Gina B. Gilchrist
"Generous giving is the result of an inspired motive." – V. H. Lewis
Perhaps you’ve heard about the policeman that pulled over a carload of women. The policeman walked up to the car and politely said, "Ma’am, this is a 65 MPH highway–why are you going so slow?"
She quickly responded, "Sir, I saw a sign that said 22, not 65!"
The policeman laughingly said, "Oh, that’s not the speed limit, that’s the name of the highway you’re on!"
To which the lady said, "Oh! Silly me! Thanks for letting me know. I’ll be more careful."
The policemen then looked in the backseat and saw two other women shaking and trembling. Tenderly the policeman said to the lady, "Excuse me, but, what’s wrong with your friends back there? They’re shaking something terrible."
"Oh, we just got off Highway 121," the lady responded.
Mustering up the nerve to develop an annual stewardship plan can be an unnerving experience for most church leaders! But a plan in place is better and far less nerve-racking than having no plan at all!
John Wesley had a stewardship plan. "Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can!"
It is amazing that St James Church just celebrated 169 years of service to our community. Our church has seen a civil war, two World Wars , a great depression, men walk on the moon and even an interstate highway in Alexandria.
Through all this time, the members of St James have given of their time, treasures and talent to make our Church a special place.
Now, as we continue our Church’s journey, it our turn to share the gifts which God has given us; just as the congregation of St James has done for 169 years.
As Thanksgiving approaches, it is a good time to think about the many gifts God has given us- our faith, our families, and our talents. A perfect way to show our appreciation is to share our time, talents and treasures through giving and participation at St. James. We can never do enough to thank God for his blessings; however, we can continue the journey to share more of our gifts.